Taxi associations meet with municipalities

2017-10-19 06:01
PHOTO: thami ka-nkosiRay Nkonyeni mayor Cynthia Mqwebu (left) shakes hands with Santaco spokesman Mandla Mzelemu last Friday.

PHOTO: thami ka-nkosiRay Nkonyeni mayor Cynthia Mqwebu (left) shakes hands with Santaco spokesman Mandla Mzelemu last Friday.

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TAXI associations have now met with the four municipalities under the Ugu district asking that the illegal taxi rank be closed immediately.

This follows the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) strike that was “suspended” pending the outcome of Friday’s meeting with the municipalities.

The taxi strike would have brought all forms of transportation to a standstill on Wednesday, September 23.

Santaco provincial spokesman Mandla Mzelemu said at the meeting the taxi industry hoped to provide possible solutions on how public transport could be made efficient, and the Ray Nkonyeni law enforcement agency to stop a taxi rank he referred to as “illegal”.

Mzelemu said the taxi rank - Standaton - in Nelson Mandela Drive opposite Shoprite should be closed as it is illegal and creates chaos and taxi violence.

The main source of conflict was the Margate to Port Shepstone route, served largely by the local Bambanani taxi associations. The Gamalakhe and Nyandezulu associations are believed to be the main cause of this so-called illegal taxi rank.

He said there was a lack of communication from the municipality on what was happening with the intermodal facility.

“We want to be informed since we are the main taxi-rank users, and we also want to be involved,” he said.

The intermodal facility plan was announced by the municipal manager Max Mbili two years ago.

The plan was to turn the rank into a facility that includes a shopping centre.

At a meeting taxi owners said the taxi rank was too small and needed to be cleaned.

“We need to take over the rank so we can deal with some of the issues, such as crime,” said Mzelemu.

Mayor Cynthia Mqwebu appreciated the effort by the municipality to call the strike off and meet with the taxi owners.

She said the grievances will be looked at and addressed by the municipality.

“We will meet the taxi operators on October 30 to give them some response after we have discussed some of the issues as the municipality,” said the mayor.

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